2018-19 Volunteer Opportunities
Family participation and support makes the Chiaravalle experience meaningful. Whether you're available early mornings, evenings, during school hours, or weekends, we offer ways to volunteer your talents and share interests.
Ask anyone. Volunteering not only strengthens our community but is a fun way to meet people and make new friends. Once you sign up, a member of our Advancement Team or the CFA will reach out to get you started. Thank you!
CFA Parent Coffee Connection
Pick up two travel boxes of coffee, cream and sugar at the Starbucks on Dempster by 8:00 am and help set it up in the parent cafe. You can stay and spend time with parents or grab a cup and go.
2018-19 Dates: September 5 | October 9 | November 6 | December 4 | January 16 | February 12 | March 5 | April 2
CFA Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 7th | 3-4:00 pm
Help pass out delicious treats and welcome everyone to the new school year!
Cultural Festival and Potluck
Sunday, September 30th | 3-5:30 pm
Manage a food table, design and set up artifact tables, manage an activity table, or help clean up.
CFA End-of-Year Ice Cream Social
Friday, June 7th | 3-4:00 pm
One of the most popular year-end events! Help scoop ice cream, pass out delicious toppings, paint faces, or apply tattoos.
Be a Room Parent
Whether extending a warm welcome to new families or coordinating a class party, Room Parents are the backbone of the community creating connections and community within their classrooms.
Affinity group sessions provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific identity group. Identity groups may be determined by your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, family structure, or other aspect. Affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely. You know you are in the right affinity group if you can say unequivocally, “I am __________” and speak to that group’s collective identity and experience from the “I” and “we” perspective. For example: I am a single parent, I am gay, I am Latinx.
Early Childhood / Lower El Book Club Ambassador
Thursday, January 17 | 6:15 pm
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
Pick up food and drinks and set up in the Hub for our parent book club meeting. Or, help spread the word and encourage parents to come. Our book club discussions are often more robust and lively with a full house!
All School Book Club Ambassador
Wednesday, February 20th | 6:15 pm
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Pick up food and drinks and set up in the Hub for our all school parent book club meeting. Or, help spread the word and encourage parents to come. Our book club discussions are often more robust and lively with a full house!
FAN — Family Action Network
Each year, Chiaravalle sponsors a number of FAN events . This role is simple — while attending an event, sit at the Chiaravalle table, welcome guests, and share information about our modern Montessori school. The perk is reserved seats for the most popular speakers.
Volunteer at our Annual Book fair at Booked 506 Main Street, Evanston 9-12pm.
CFA Faculty and Staff Appreciation
Thursday, November 15th or Friday 16th
Donate snacks - healthy or not - to nourish faculty and staff during conferences on the 19th and 20th. Drop off items at the front desk or in the Development office on the 4th floor. Food can be refrigerated over the weekend. For super fresh items, please drop off the morning of the 19th.
CFA Holiday Staff and Faculty Gifts
November 27th | December 17th
Meet with CFA Leadership and the Development team on Tuesday, November 27th to plan our faculty and staff holiday gift giving program. Help to distribute gifts throughout the day on Monday, December 17th.
CFA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7th | 11-1:00 pm
This luncheon falls right on National Teacher Appreciation Day! Help out with set up, manage the food tables, or clean up.
Spend time assisting Chiaravalle's librarian Libby Hoff during school hours throughout the school year.
Cardinal Coach (grades 4-8)
If you like sports, coaching a team is a fun and rewarding way to be involved. Coaching requires someone with a love of the game and working with kids!
The Learning Garden is thriving and needs volunteers to weed, prune, and water year round. It's simple...just sign up and bring your gloves. Grandparents and kids are always welcome to join.
Volunteers can stop by any day or time during their sign up week. We'll send you a Learning Garden Tip Sheet.
YEA! - Young Evanston Artists
Saturday, May | 8 am-4pm
For one day in May, Raymond Park transforms into the best gallery you can imagine, one that showcases art and performances of aspiring artists. Join Chiaravalle's art teacher Sarah Laing to set up and manage the activities of the day.
Share your expertise or skill!
Share your expertise or a skill (i.e., photography, videography, sound & lights, costume design, handling & hanging student art).
Share your enthusiasm of Chiaravalle with new and prospective families throughout the year during various admissions events.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 8:45-10:45 am
Spend Saturday morning sharing your Chiaravalle experience with new and prospective families. Assist families as they explore our school and learn about the Montessori classroom and learning environment.
Before you submit be sure to mark down the events and dates that you will be volunteering.